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How can I approach A Clockwork Orange using a postmodernist approach or theory?

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trialanderror | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM via web

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How can I approach A Clockwork Orange using a postmodernist approach or theory?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 16, 2012 at 2:29 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many different postmodernist theories and thus many different ways to approach Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange from a postmodernist perspective. If you want to focus on Marxist versions of postmodernism, you could attempt a social and cultural critique in which you show that the repressive mechanisms of state and economic production in late capitalism give rise to an alienated proletariate. If you are more interested in the purely textual critique of high theory, you could focus on how the polyglot linguistic universe of the novel infinitely defers and possibility of meaning, both of language and action.

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